Coronavirus: the Walloon Region provides for new aid measures

Author: Anne Ghysels (Legal Expert)
Date:

Following the latest measures taken by the De Croo government, the Walloon government yesterday announced new aid. Below, we will take a closer look at its press release on aid for the hospitality and service voucher sector. 

Specific financial compensation for companies in the hospitality sector 

Following the announcement by the Consultative Committee to close bars and restaurants for four weeks and in order to reduce the direct economic impact of this measure, the (Walloon) Government has decided to grant specific financial compensation to companies in the following (sub)sectors:

NACE code:

Description of the activity

56.101

Full service catering

56.102

Limited service catering

56.301

Cafés and bars

56.309

Other drinking establishments

To meet the sector's demand, the (Walloon) Government has expressed the wish that this system would take into account the size of companies, based on the number of staff in full-time equivalents (FTE). The compensation amounts are broken down as follows:

Number of FTE

0

1-4

5-9

10+

€ 3,000

€ 5,000

€ 7,000

€ 9,000

Increased support for sectors still at a standstill 

At the end of September, the (Walloon) government announced a support mechanism for the self-employed and companies still at a standstill, among others the events sector, tour operators, coach operators, fairground people, ... Companies are eligible for aid if they demonstrate a decrease of 60% in their quarterly turnover (3rd quarter 2020 compared to 3rd quarter 2019).

This system took into account both the turnover of companies/self-employed persons and their size in terms of staff (number of full-time equivalents). In view of the continuing crisis, the government has decided to:

- Increase the financial intervention from 15% to 30% of the quarterly turnover (3rd quarter)

- Double the minimum amount of the financial intervention from € 1,500 to € 3,000

- Increase the different ceilings:

 

Minimum amount of the financial intervention:

Ceiling 1 (0 FTE)

Ceiling 2
(1-9 FTE)

Ceiling 3
(10<50 FTE)

Ceiling 4
(50 and + FTE)

€ 3,000

€ 5,000

€ 10,000

€ 20,000

€ 40,000

The following sectors are eligible:

NACE code:

Description of the activity

49.310

Urban and suburban passenger land transport

49.390

Other passenger land transport

56.210

Catering

56.302

Discotheques, dancings and the like

59.140

Motion picture projection activities

74.109

Other specialised design activities (design of exhibition stands)

74.201

Photographic activities

74.209

Other photographic activities

77.293

Renting and leasing of crockery, glassware, kitchen utensils, tableware, electric household appliances and other household utensils

77.294

Renting and leasing of textiles, clothing, jewellery and footwear

77.296

Renting and leasing of flowers and plants

77.392

Renting and leasing of tents

79

Travel agencies, tour operator and other reservation service and related activities

82.300

Organisation of conventions and trade shows

90

Creative, arts and entertainment activities

93.211

Fairground activities

The sectors covered by the following NACE codes are now also eligible for the system:

NACE code:

Description of the activity

93.299

Other amusement and recreation activities

478

Retail sale via stalls and markets

49.320

Taxi operation

 

Support for the service voucher sector 

The resurgence of COVID-19 will have a significant economic and social impact. In order to prevent major social tragedies, to financially support the 40,000 female employees in the service voucher sector and to compensate the losses due to new cancelled services, the (Walloon) government has decided to grant a lump sum of € 5,000 for October for each company with its registered office in Wallonia. A measure to compensate for hours paid but not worked will be introduced for November and December in order to keep female employees at work.

Source: www.gouvernement.wallonie.be

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